Metafilter has the prettiest ladies in all the internet April 26, 2010 6:42 PM   Subscribe

In his famous post about his memories of food, Roger Ebert compared interacting with people on the internet to eating dinner with them. I prefer to think of it like a tea party.

I swear that this song is about Metafilter, but because it's probably isn't it's totally about the internet in general. It's on Lala.

Oh, and it's a little sexist, but that's just Stephin Merritt making something of a joke! He probably doesn't think that all ladies are like this! Just be glad it's not as bad as A Pritty Girl Is Like

The Dolls' Tea Party
by The Magnetic Fields

At the dolls' tea party we fritter away
The long afternoon of a long summer day
With extended pinkies and pink cloisonné
Cups and saucers and pots and a Liberty tray

That's why we take our tea
At the dolls' tea party

At the dolls' tea party we twitter along
We prattle and tattle on who's done whom wrong
On who's in, who's out, and who's the best at mah-jongg
Oh, and where to buy fabulous things for a song

That's why we take our tea
At the dolls' tea party

But the cakes! Ah, the cakes are why everyone's there.
They're not diatetic in any way, dare
To try one and you'll have a few pounds to spare
Try another one. What do you care?

At the dolls' we're all in our glittering best
There will be a test on who's best and worst dressed
But we won't have it said we're fashion-obsessed
We're just prettier ladies than most of the rest

That's why we take our tea
At the dolls' tea party.
posted by The Devil Tesla to MetaFilter-Related at 6:42 PM (76 comments total)

Now that you've gotten my attention, can you explain why this is in MeTa?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:45 PM on April 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


This made me think of snark.
posted by carsonb at 6:46 PM on April 26, 2010


Another tea party thread?
posted by diocletian at 6:47 PM on April 26, 2010 [11 favorites]


This movie is kinda freaking me out...
posted by sleepy pete at 6:48 PM on April 26, 2010


Could we do a better job of hiding the New Post link in MetaTalk? People are still finding it.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:49 PM on April 26, 2010 [18 favorites]


word salad
posted by docpops at 6:50 PM on April 26, 2010


Now that you've gotten my attention, can you explain why this is in MeTa?

This isn't directed at the mods. The song made me think about Metafilter and my behavior on the site, and I thought that at least a few people would appreciate it. If you would rather it was gone go ahead and close it up.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 6:54 PM on April 26, 2010


Get Your Own Matters of Intrasite Import Blog.

But yeah, that's cute. I'll bring the stained glass cake.
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:56 PM on April 26, 2010


Why is it that the only image I get when I think of people interacting in MeTa is 'food fight'?
j/k

This post does seem like a thinly veiled cry for shmoopy though.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 7:18 PM on April 26, 2010


Interacting with people on the internet is like eating them for dinner. In my dreams.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 7:20 PM on April 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


This post does seem like a thinly veiled cry for shmoopy though.

My secret shame: I know exactly what this sentence means.
posted by Mister_A at 7:21 PM on April 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I think it's some kind of passive-aggressive complaint that, while we have green tea & Earl Grey, people who prefer blue are left out.
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:22 PM on April 26, 2010


HOLY FUCK GUIZE

THE NEW ALBUM "YOUR FUTURE OUR CLUTTER" BY THE FALL IS OUT

AND IT'S FREE FOR STREAMING ON THE INTERNET HERE!

would've made this a FPP but I wasted mine, but oh good fuck it's good, go listen NOW
posted by koeselitz at 7:28 PM on April 26, 2010 [13 favorites]


Dude, The Fall have a new album?
posted by Mister_A at 7:32 PM on April 26, 2010


What year is it?
posted by Mister_A at 7:33 PM on April 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's Raining Florence Henderson: "Interacting with people on the internet is like eating them for dinner. In my dreams"

Please don't be offended if I ever go through Seattle and don't attend a meetup.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 7:34 PM on April 26, 2010


Magnetic Fields: challenging Gaga for ubiquitousness but it's ok because we all decided to like them and she's just biting Madonna, right?
posted by mintcake! at 7:49 PM on April 26, 2010


I wish she would bite a little harder. And somewhere closer to the jugular vein.
posted by koeselitz at 7:49 PM on April 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Merritt/Coulton/Gaga live show at the Elks Lodge tomorrow. A ticket costs only your mind.
posted by mintcake! at 7:50 PM on April 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


awesomeness
posted by koeselitz at 8:28 PM on April 26


yes yes yes yes yes yes
posted by threetoed at 7:55 PM on April 26, 2010


Holy crap, there are Daft Punk samples on this record. Wow.
posted by koeselitz at 8:06 PM on April 26, 2010


Roger Ebert compared interacting with people on the internet to eating dinner with them

Waiter, there's beans in my pepsi blue!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 8:16 PM on April 26, 2010


Ah-cha!
posted by jeffamaphone at 8:19 PM on April 26, 2010


Ebert went and put his entire screenplay of Who Killed Bambi? up on the internet, incidentally.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:19 PM on April 26, 2010


"Dude, The Fall have a new album?"

Did Mark E. Smith fire you too?
posted by klangklangston at 8:21 PM on April 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Best Post
posted by Juicy Avenger at 8:24 PM on April 26, 2010


Actually I do appreciate this because the Magnetic Fields are dreamy and that's a cute song to attribute Metafiltery subtext to and now I'm suddenly listening to the entirety of an entirely new The Fall album for free on the internet in 2010 and whoa here is fucking Daft Punk crashing the tea party and this just rules, life rules, thank you

But the cakes! Ah, the cakes are why everyone's there.

Good point, though, where are my cakes?

posted by Juicy Avenger at 8:31 PM on April 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


The centre cannot hold.

Or maybe it's just the lack of sleep.
posted by vapidave at 8:38 PM on April 26, 2010


New rule: all posts pertaining to Roger Ebert must begin "Roger Ebert, who is still alive, (verb and topic of post here)," UNTIL THAT SITUATION NO LONGER OBTAINS.

and on that day, I would like someone to come to my door with sedatives. Before I can read the Internetz
posted by toodleydoodley at 8:54 PM on April 26, 2010 [7 favorites]


ahhhh this album is great. I love Mark E. Smith.
posted by threetoed at 8:55 PM on April 26, 2010


Hardcore Poser: "Please don't be offended if I ever go through Seattle and don't attend a meetup."

No worries, Hardcore Poser. I never go to meetups, anyway. I'm also not looking in your window right... now. This message is not coming from inside your house. Also, there is no Cabal.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:57 PM on April 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


.....you have no idea how scary this is to me right now.
posted by The Whelk at 8:59 PM on April 26, 2010


New rule: all posts pertaining to Roger Ebert must begin "Roger Ebert, who is still alive

Oh Hell Yes to this rule. I shouted SHIT NO SHIT SHIT SHIT when I saw this post, scared the dogs, all for naught.
posted by donnagirl at 9:05 PM on April 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


it's a little sexist

This will wendell.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 10:24 PM on April 26, 2010


Y'know, I was pretty indifferent to Ebert for a long time until MeFi made a convincing case that he was a cool guy. But the man has to fucking ease up on the Twitter; it's not so much sharing a meal with someone as sitting at the table while they back a truck and dump a pile of stuff - some is good, but some is seriously half-baked shit that he picked up from some roadside crap stand, and then you're all like, hey, I appreciate this and all, I mean, that's a lot of food, but there's just so much of it, and it's sort of all mixing together and y'know, I made a salad, it's just a little plain salad, but it's pretty good, maybe you'd like to try it and the guy's like HEY I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THIS TRUCK AVALANCHE OF LOBSTER AND PARTIALLY CHEWED BUTTERFINGERS HOPE YOU SAVED ROOM FOR DESSERT.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:31 PM on April 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


We need drunkposting.metafilter.com
posted by empath at 11:50 PM on April 26, 2010 [9 favorites]


This has already l33tpolicywonked.

Roger Ebert is still alive, but Wendell was a fictional character whose series was cancelled and ended with the discovery that he was all in the mind of an autistic child NOT named Tommy.
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:59 PM on April 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


We need drunkposting.metafilter.com

this, oh my god, please, this
posted by threetoed at 12:02 AM on April 27, 2010


this reminds me of crossdressers
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 12:32 AM on April 27, 2010


the new fall album is great.
I made a post about it.

carry on.
posted by kittensofthenight at 12:36 AM on April 27, 2010


Now that you've gotten my attention, can you explain why this is in MeTa?

I think you have to answer that question now.
posted by hal_c_on at 12:43 AM on April 27, 2010


can you explain why this is in MeTa

As far as I can make out, this is just one tiny node of a much larger entity. It is pretty much random that this particular bit was extruded here at this time.

So, yay serendipity!
posted by Meatbomb at 2:58 AM on April 27, 2010


The centre cannot hold.


try some Spanx dude.
posted by elizardbits at 3:43 AM on April 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


It's a great analogy. Shame it fails to mention the obligatory guy standing on the table screaming and having explosive diarrhea into my soup.
posted by fire&wings at 4:03 AM on April 27, 2010



Now what in the hell is going on in here. /
Who cares, just ride the pony already. /
YES. FUCK YES. HELL FUCKING YES. /
But seriously what in the hell is going on in here.
posted by xorry at 4:51 AM on April 27, 2010


Can we go back to explaining why this is in MeTa?
posted by DU at 4:54 AM on April 27, 2010


GYOB.
posted by bru at 4:55 AM on April 27, 2010


The This song made me think about Metafilter The Devil Tesla and my his behavior on the site, and I thought that at least a few people would appreciate it.
posted by gman at 5:25 AM on April 27, 2010


This is a relief valve thread. Or septic tank thread depending on your mood I guess.

"Can we go back to explaining why this is in MeTa?"

I dare anyone to make a MeTa FP post of this question.
On second thought no I don't.
posted by vapidave at 5:35 AM on April 27, 2010


This could not possibly be art.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:44 AM on April 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


This could not possibly be art.

Lemme get out the bedazzler, I'll show you art.
posted by The Whelk at 5:46 AM on April 27, 2010


Can't you fucking see how this perfectly fucking illustrates the God-damned fucking cortex anti-fucking israel fucking cabal?
posted by substrate at 5:56 AM on April 27, 2010


Tesla, this is the last time you use your subtext coils to rail against cortex.
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:10 AM on April 27, 2010


TESLA!!
posted by The Whelk at 6:14 AM on April 27, 2010


I think Ebert could take Mark E. Smith in a fight. Tesla would waste them both though, what with his celibate zombie monk scientist powers.
posted by Mister_A at 6:36 AM on April 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


.....you know I've never been called out before. I feel like I'm missing something. I could ...call myself out I guess? Some haterbation?

"Whelk! You never proofread! Your spelling and syntax are terrible! You try to comment using your phone and it comes out gibberish cause of your clumsy, clumsy fingers!"


Hmm.

Maybe I should try it with the other hand.
posted by The Whelk at 7:03 AM on April 27, 2010


Can food be art? I don't know. But I do know that mini-games can never be art.
posted by Grither at 7:04 AM on April 27, 2010


I prefer to think of MetaFilter as a witches' tea party with Crabby Appleton trying to deny our existence.
posted by charred husk at 7:35 AM on April 27, 2010


Yay for the Fall, Daft Punk, ponies, shmoopy, lobster, Butterfingers, Earl Grey, and mefi.
posted by blucevalo at 7:38 AM on April 27, 2010


I prefer to think of MetaFilter as a witches' tea party with Crabby Appleton trying to deny our existence.

Metafilter: Show his eyes, and grieve his heart; Come like shadows, so depart!
posted by The Whelk at 7:38 AM on April 27, 2010


Ponies WITH fingers is even more horrible.
posted by The Whelk at 7:40 AM on April 27, 2010


Tesla, this is the last time you use your subtext coils to rail against cortex.

I'm pretty sure this is a joke, but yea, this isn't meant to hate on anyone, including cortex.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 7:53 AM on April 27, 2010


This post does seem like a thinly veiled cry for shmoopy though.

Everything I do is cause I want schmoopy.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 7:58 AM on April 27, 2010


Oh whoes a mean little schmoopy! yes you are! you are! Awww who'se all big and tough! heeee!
posted by The Whelk at 8:06 AM on April 27, 2010


Ponyfinger was the worst Bond villain ever.
posted by Mister_A at 8:07 AM on April 27, 2010 [3 favorites]


I think Ebert could take Mark E. Smith in a fight. Tesla would waste them both though, what with his celibate zombie monk scientist powers.

I think you mean WITH HIS ALMIGHTY LIGHTNING GUN.
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:32 AM on April 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


We need drunkposting.metafilter.com

Sorry.

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posted by zarq at 8:52 AM on April 27, 2010 [4 favorites]


Ha!. Almost posted this comment in the Gizmodieo Maccie toy fight thread, which would have been Brilliant!

Ah. The Fall. I am here to relate the following Mark E Smith quote:"There's a glut of graduates in the world.' Which is true true true.
posted by zenon at 9:03 AM on April 27, 2010


sigh.
posted by zenon at 9:04 AM on April 27, 2010


In addition to drunkposting.metafilter.com, I think some posts should hand out a few beers at the door. Maybe all posts. Everybody needs a hug and a beer.

Except for me, I don't drink beer, but I'll take a hard cider if you've got one
posted by grapefruitmoon at 9:20 AM on April 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


But we won't have it said we're fashion-obsessed
We're just prettier ladies than most of the rest


LADYZONE
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:38 AM on April 27, 2010


HEY PEOPLE

THE FALL HAVE RELEASED TWO FURTHER ALBUMS AND A LIVE COMPILATION SINCE KOESELITZ'S ANNOUNCEMENT UPTHREAD (Q.V.)

THIS MAKES FOR A TOTAL OF APPROXIMATELY 3.2 * 104 RELEASES BY THE OH SHIT HERE COMES ANOTHER ALBUM I THINK MARK E. SMITH IS HEMORRHAGING SOUND

QUICK SOMEONE GET A TOURNIQUET
posted by decagon at 10:27 AM on April 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh, crap. Mark's output has dropped dramatically. I wonder if he's ill....?
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:10 PM on April 27, 2010


So I'm listening to the new Fall album (streaming) but I forgot to turn of the new (to me) Sigur Ros album I'm listening to in iTunes. And I'm thinking, 'Wow, this is some pretty far out shit!' before I realize what's going on. I also listen to radio stations fade in and out of each other on long drives. I think it is beautiful.
posted by stinker at 4:19 PM on April 27, 2010 [1 favorite]




UbuRoivas: "Oh, crap. Mark's output has dropped dramatically. I wonder if he's ill...."

Well actually that doesn't seem to be slowing him down much at all.
posted by grapesaresour at 9:50 PM on April 28, 2010


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